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About Russell

  • Birthday 05/25/1963

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    Centralia, WA
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    Motorcycles, knives, family, computers, Tai Chi, shiny things
  1. Writing for money is more than a skill, talent or even a craft. How many beautiful turns of phrase have you read on these boards? Plenty I'll bet, but making money at it is a different task entirely. It's a profession, one in which you have to pay your dues. A paragraph is like a knife, it's finished when you give up on making it any better, and if you're trying to nake money at it you have to use your time productively. I met one of my oldest friends almost 30 years ago when he had just started saying to himself " A writer writes for a living" And he suffered for it for a few years, but it's a job and now he makes his living as a novelist and screenwriter. Personally I don't have the thick skin required to take the 50-1 rejections to acceptance ratio, but that's a big part of it. Writing every day - a thousand words is his norm, is a great start. Is it worth pursuing getting paid for something you'd do anyway, that you love to do and continually try to improve? I think hell yes, regardless of what anyone else thinks of your writing samples. With determination, the market will tell you the value of your work. -- Russell
  2. Beautiful Triton Sid! And that 750-four is great, looks mint. I want to play, so here's a couple of mine The first is the answer to the question nobody asked. "What if you took a 1976 Moto Guzzi Automatic, tweaked the crap out of the motor and suspension, and put a lower ratio rear drive on it for harder accelleration? The LeMans-vert I like to think of it as one of the most asskicking automatic bikes ever built. Only have to shift once and not till 80mph The red one is an '86 Moto Guzzi Lario - all set up for track duty, then garaged by the original owner in 1990. I bought it in 2010 and brought it back to extremely loud life. Only a 650, but it sounds and feels like riding an explosion. It's real fun.
  3. Thanks, this helps. The vertical is definitely appealing and since I haven't bought the burner yet I may consider going with a blown system. I don't expect to do much pattern welding but I do want to be able to weld in it
  4. Greetings all. I've been off the board and mostly out of making for a few years now. Failed business, divorce, starting over, etc... When I was moving last I tossed out my old forge and burner, just to force myself to make a better one when I wanted get back into forging. Fast forward to now, I am wanting to forge again so it's time to build a new forge - Yay!. I've decided to use a T Rex burner from hybridburners.com so I won't have to think tooo much about that part of it, and I'm going cylindrical for the body. But what I keep bouncing back & forth between is whether to use the cylinder horizontally or vertically. I already have a 36 inch deep paragon furnace, so I'm mostly set for heat treating. This will very likely be my only forge for a while so I want it to be flexible. What are your opinions on vertical Fogg style vs horizontal tunnel style, and if you could only have one forge, what would it look like?
  5. is getting borne-again

  6. I made myine out of four layers of a scrap forklift tine. It's flat and hard and has pretty good rebound.
  7. Been out of knifemaking for almost two years. Had to change/downgrade houses and I told myself I wouldn't set up my shop until I built something for my kids in the tree(actually 10 trees) in the front yard. But since we're on a busy street, I had to fence the yard first. I had a week between jobs and used much of it to work on these projects. The anvil was made from a forklift tine, and the welds are really cobby, but it still bounces at least as well as the 117lb Peter Wright it replaces. The anvil is just sitting in an iron pan of sand temporarily. I like how it feels sitting on the sand, but it won't last long that way, the sand jumps out. I'll probably get a big pipe and fill it with sand for a more permanent setup. I think it was Randal who first suggested that I pound sand, or something like that.
  8. I've got a couple of dental lamps that are going to a yard-sale this friday. These are pretty cool lamps that mount on tracks to the ceiling. They were taken out of a dental building and are in great shape. I haven't tried them out but have no reason to think they won't work perfectly. They aren't exactly mine, but were donated to the non-profit children's respite care center where I work. They retail around $2000, and we'd like to get $150 each. Located in Centralia, WA. They are bulky and pretty heavy, so local pickup is preferred.
  9. Russell

    Strange Brew

    I feel the pain. about 14 months ago I was helping a friend clean out an old industrial building he had recently purchased. It may be tho oldest commercial building in town and had been an auto shop for at least the last 50 years and had accumulated a staggering amount of stuff by the owner/mechanic. There were new old spares for Hupmobiles, obsolete tools that nobody wants anymore, literally tons of the stuff. And it smelled like a shop. I asked my friend to rent me the building so I could put a working shop into it. I hauled all my tools out of my basement and set them up in the building in a 20 by 20 space, centered around my forge & anvil. I did forging demonstrations, did intro to knifemaking seminars, welding classes and shepherded a few people through making their first knives. I also invited other local artists to come and rent space and work with me in the shop. I got one; a stained glass artist who saw/felt the dream as I did. We displayed the products of other local artists and taught classes there. I created a display of the cool old auto parts, tools and artifacts, just because. I advertised, promoted, and gave it my all, but in the end, it failed. badlocationthistown'snotreadyforityougottahaveareputationtomakeitinthistownpeoplejustdon'tappreciatecraftsmanshipthesedaysyadayadayada.. Now I'm selling my house to pay off the outstanding debt, moving from the house where my youngest was born because what I wanted wasn't shared by the world around me. It's heartbreaking, and has brought up many difficult questions about why I do what I do, even when it doesn't make much money, or help my marraige any, and what do I do next. I do feel the pain.
  10. Russell

    Your Blues Name

    Skinny Bones McGee here...
  11. Russell

    keeping it simple

    This topic has just gotten very personal for me. Having decided that we need to sell our house to make ends meet, My wife and I are faced with the question of where to go from there. The first best option looks to be buying the building my shop is in and renovating the upstairs apartment for my family to live in. That involves moving the entire Barr tribe (6 of us) from one of the nicest homes in town into a 23 by 60 foot apartment that hasn't been livable for 50 years. We approached the building owner yesterday and he's thinking on it. I can hardly type I'm so nervous about it.
  12. I like it. Angle iron is my friend... :laugh:
  13. I used angle iron to make a little platform off the side of the stand, and the same thing on the blower assembly, so the whole works will have some adjustabliity. The blower assembly is held to the platform by a pair of vise-grips for horizontal movement, and the conduit clamp allows for vertical movement of the burner.
  14. I dropped it on the way out of the oven..
  15. Russell

    Why not?

    A heckuva good idea, Tai! I started a bowie today from some 1065 that I got at the OKCA show this weekend. I just love using my 3 pound straight-peen.
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